The 70 Best Gifts for Dads That He’ll Actually Use (And Won’t Abandon in the Garage)
We can all agree that dads are impossible to shop for. Golf clubs? He bought a set for himself. Tie? He’s got 47 of them. So, whether you’re helping the little ones shop for Daddy’s Christmas gift or picking out the perfect present for your own old man, getting him something that won’t end up in the garage is a real challenge. Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the 70 best gifts for dads this holiday season, all guaranteed to stay in the rotation. There are books he won’t want to put down, kitchen tools for preparing his next masterpiece, art to decorate his at-home office and plenty of yummy things to eat and drink. So without further ado, happy shopping!
1. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
For the coffee addict
Thanks to Blue Bottle, there will be no more frantic morning runs to the grocery store when he realizes he’s out of dark roast. Simply select the three-month or six-month option, and an ever-changing selection of the specialty coffee roaster’s whole beans will arrive on his doorstep every other week. If he’s particular, opt for the ‘create your own’ subscription which allows you to select the type of coffee, delivery frequency and number of shipments.
2. Yeti Roadie 24 Cooler
For the dad who’s always prepared
“We got my dad one of these because he’s notorious for packing coolers for car trips—even if they’re only an hour long,” explains food editor Katherine Gillen. It’s just big enough to hold some drinks and a few sandwiches without being a pain to lug around. Reviewers say it’s amazing for everything from camping trips to keeping beer chilled during tailgates.
3. Hotronic Heated Insole Foot Warmers
For the avid skier
Your dad loves tearing down the slopes and hitting the moguls...until he can’t feel his toes anymore. But thanks to these battery-powered foot warmers, that’s all about to change. All he has to do is place the insoles in his ski boots, attach the battery pack to the back and he’s good to go. They have four different heat levels that’ll keep his feet nice and toasty even on subzero days.
4. Sony Noise Canceling Headphones
For the music lover
These headphones are so good, PureWow dubbed them the best splurge-worthy pair on Amazon. With industry-leading digital noise cancellation technology, they can totally block out all background noise. The coolest part? You can control the volume, skip songs or take calls all with touch-activated technology. Oh, and did we mention that they have a 30-hour battery life?
5. PowerSmart 18 Inch Electric Snow Blower
For the dad who hates shoveling
A snowblower is one of those things he says he’s going to buy, but never gets around to actually purchasing. Help him out by putting this one under the tree (or in the garage) for him. It can clear snow drifts up to eight inches deep in a single pass, and the adjustable chute will allow him to throw snow in any direction he wants. Here’s hoping he likes it so much, he offers to come over and do your driveway, too.
6. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle Bag
For the road trip lover
Your father is always game for a last-minute drive to see the grandkids. There’s just one problem: He insists on stuffing all of his clothes in mom’s suitcase since he doesn’t own a proper weekend bag. Get him this durable duffel pack with a hidden compartment for his shoes and you’ll never have to listen to her complain about his packing habits again.
7. Shutterfly Custom Photo Book
For the sentimental guy
“My dad loves these Shutterfly books. I put one together every year with photos from our family vacations and he’s obsessed,” says director of social strategy Aly Owens. All it takes is 15 minutes of clicking and dragging family photos (but he doesn’t have to know that).
8. Leatherman Signal Multi-Tool
For the avid handyman
The Signal is a combination of 19 of his favorite tools all in one. From a fire-starting ferro rod and a box wrench to hard-wire cutters, he’ll never be caught unprepared again. “I keep it on me while I’m at work, I’m a maintenance guy, and find I use the pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, hammer and bit driver the most. [It saves me] time taking a trip down to the shop where all our tools are kept,” reports one reviewer.
9. Airbnb Gift Card
For the world traveler
Welp, you can’t exactly book Pops that Euro-trip he’s been talking about for the past few years, given current events. Instead, surprise him with an Airbnb gift card that he can use when the time comes. Maybe he’ll put some of it towards a weekend road trip getaway if he’s really itching to travel. Select your custom amount and Amazon will send the gift card right to his inbox. We’re guessing it’ll be the best email he’s received in a while.
10. Winc Wine Subscription
For the aspiring sommelier
He’s always looking to sample new wines, and now he can do so from the comfort of his own kitchen. Have him take the six-question palate profile quiz, and the experts at Winc will recommend four wines they think he’ll like. He can order the entire list of recommendations or make swaps and additions as he’d like. Every month, he’ll get hand-picked wines delivered straight to his door—make sure to plan your trips to visit accordingly.
11. ‘Dreyer’s English’
For the bibliophile
It’s not that your father is a know-it-all…it’s just that he’s always right. For any bibliophile, grammarian or just plain rules enthusiast, Dreyer’s English is a delightful romp through clarity and style, all told with humor and authority by the Random House copy chief. (Bonus: It’ll give Dad a chance to weigh in on the proper use of semicolons.)
12. Roma Lena Custom Pet Portrait
For the dog lover
It’s no secret that Spot is his favorite “child” so you might as well embrace it. Send in a photo of your pet and this Etsy seller will create a hand-painted watercolor portrait that Dad will want to frame immediately.
13. Birchbox Grooming Box
For the well-groomed guy
Contrary to popular belief, Birchbox isn’t just for women. This men’s grooming box features a monthly assortment of high-end shaving, skin and hair products for him to sample. Now maybe he’ll stop secretly using your mom’s face wash.
14. Ooni Koda 16 Gas-Powered Outdoor Pizza Oven
For the wannabe pizza chef
“My dad has been wanting an outdoor pizza oven forever,” says editorial director of branded content Angela Cuneo. And now that we think about it, so has ours. This gas-powered portable oven will bring his dream to life—without being a total eyesore in the backyard. You might want to get him a new parka while you’re at it, cause we’re pretty confident he’ll want to try this new toy out immediately (regardless of the temp outside). Just note that preorders for this Ooni oven are set to ship out in early November, so you don’t want to wait too long to place your order.
15. Apple Watch Series 6
For the techie
He’s been eyeing the latest Apple Watch ever since it launched in mid-September, but would never spring for one for himself. That’s where you come in. Gift him the newest version which boasts an always-on retina display, sleep tracking and advanced workout metrics.
16. Echelon EX3 Spin Bike
For the cyclist
When there’s snow on the ground, he’s probably not going on his usual 20-mile bike ride. But thanks to this indoor spin bike, he can still enjoy the familiar feeling of his feet pushing the pedals. With a $39/month membership, he’ll get unlimited access to Echelon’s library of live and on-demand guided rides to keep him in shape for the spring.
17. Annual State Park Admission Pass
For the outdoorsy dad
Some states, like New York, offer unlimited annual passes to all of their state parks. Yup, that is, indeed, every hiker’s dream. Check whether this option is available in your state here or get him an annual pass to the national parks if he’s willing to travel. Bundle it with some new hiking boots and he’ll be one happy camper (pun very much intended).
18. Lululemon Pace Breaker Short
For the fitness enthusiast
If he’s going to insist on wearing shorts to work out this winter, at least you can ensure that they’re not those ratty old basketball shorts he’s had since college. This lightweight, sweat-wicking style from Lululemon is designed to be a “multi-sport short,” meaning he can wear them for any kind of workout—which is what he was probably going to do anyway. “These are the best fitting shorts I own,” brags one reviewer.
19. PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Charger
For the germaphobe
He’s getting really tired of wiping down his phone every time he comes back from the grocery store...but he can’t bear the idea that it could be harboring germs. With this UV sanitizer and charger, he can clean his phone as often as he wants without the hassle. All he has to do is stick his phone inside, turn it on and wait 10 minutes for it to work its magic. The PhoneSoap 3 kills 99.99 percent of viruses and bacteria, a fact which will totally bring him peace of mind.
20. Ugg Ascot Slipper
For the dad who’s always in his PJs
He loves a good lazy Sunday and now that he’s working from home, he barely makes an effort to change out of his PJs. So, you might as well have the kids get him a quality pair of slippers. Ugg’s shearling-lined suede loafers features a durable rubber sole just in case he wants to wear them outside to grab the paper—but we suggest making it clear that he’s not allowed to wear these in public.
21. Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer
For the breakfast lover
We don’t even want to think about how much money he’s spent on bacon, egg and cheeses over the years. Now, he can make them right at home whenever a craving hits. This brilliant (but affordable) machine has a built-in timer that tells him when it’s ready, which is usually in five minutes or less. Plus, the removable parts can go right in the dishwasher for easy clean up.
22. Magic Chef Stainless Steel Mini Fridge
For the dad with his own personal man cave
He’s been known to descend into the basement with a couple of beers in hand (and one tucked under each arm), just so he doesn’t have to hike back up and risk missing an important play. Now, he can reach into this best-selling mini fridge for another without even taking his eyes off of the game. Its 4.4 cubic feet of storage offers more than enough room to store his Bud Lights—and a few snacks, too.
23. Brooks Hyperion Elite 2 Sneakers
For the running enthusiast
Whether he’s training for his fifth marathon or just likes to jog with his running club, he’ll appreciate these sneakers. One of Brooks’ newest pairs, the Hyperion Elite 2 are made from an ultra-lightweight material and are constructed to propel you forward so you get the most out of every step (and run faster). Oh, and the entire Brooks Beasts professional team runs in them, so you know they’re good.
24. The Ridge Metal Aluminum Cash Strap
For the minimalist
He’s not one to accumulate stuff, which means he refuses to carry around a big, bulky wallet. Convince him to toss the rubber band that’s holding his cash together with this sleek alternative. The slim metal card case can hold up to 12 cards and has an external elastic strap to hold cash or his keys.
25. Cuisinart Air Fryer
For the guy who loves anything fried
Whether we’re talking classic fries, fried chicken or even fried Oreos, your father is all over it. And with his very own air fryer, the possibilities are endless. He’ll have a blast whipping up (and promptly eating) everything from air-fried bacon to potato chips.
26. Roku Streambar Streaming Media Player
For the dad who takes his TV time very seriously
Roku’s newest streaming device boasts a fast, easy-to-use interface, Dolby Audio sound quality and a razor sharp image display. Plus, he can connect it to his Amazon Echo or Google home and surf the channels using just his voice, in case he happens to lose the remote again.
27. Our Place Always Pan
For the home chef
Since March, he’s been using all his extra time to try out new recipes and it’s time he acquired the right equipment to properly execute them. The Always Pan is designed to replace eight pieces of cookware so that he can braise, saute, steam, sear, fry, boil, strain and serve food all from this one useful item. Don’t be surprised if he displays it on the stove even when it’s not in use—it looks fancy too.
For the diehard sports fan
Surprise him with a monthly subscription box of gear from his favorite NFL team (think beer koozies, t-shirts, throw blankets and hats) to add to his collection. We wouldn’t be surprised if he puts some of it on immediately.
29. TheDadLab: 50 Awesome Science Projects for Parents and Kids
For the science nerd
TheDadLab YouTube channel became such a hit, creator Sergei Urban put some of his most popular experiments into an easy-to-follow guidebook. The step-by-step instructions will guide him through everything from how to produce electricity to how to defy gravity with a ping pong ball so he can mesmerize the kids (or grandkids).
30. I Should Have Known That! Party Game
For the dad who lives for game night
Now’s your chance to really test him on his love of random but useful facts. This hilarious group game poses questions you’ll feel you totally should know the answer to—like does the Statue of Liberty hold a torch in her right or left hand? or how many legs does an ant have?— but do you really know them? Now you can truly see who in the family knows the most about, well, anything.
31. Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
For the dad who needs a new computer
If he’s still using the same Dell laptop you bought him in 2010, it’s time for an upgrade. And according to one PureWow editor, the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is even better than an Macbook Air—and it’s way cheaper. Some of her favorite features? It boots up in seconds, it’s super lightweight and it can convert into a tablet with a full touchscreen.
32. Shaker & Spoon Subscription
For the self-proclaimed mixologist
He’s always on the hunt for new cocktail recipes to try out, so getting him a monthly Shaker & Spoon subscription just makes sense. Each box comes with three original cocktail recipes, plus enough ingredients to make four of each drink. The only thing he needs to buy? The liquor to add to each of them. Get ready for family happy hours, coming soon to a living room near you.
33. BLOCKSetc Personalized Cutting Board with Handwritten Recipe
For the nostalgic guy
Director of audience development Mary D’Alessio gave her dad one of these cutting boards engraved with his mom’s recipe for chicken paprikash—in her handwriting. He was so moved he cried, so we’d definitely call this gift a winner. Choose between Maple and Walnut wood, select your size and send the seller a photo of your recipe. He’ll take care of the rest.
34. The Very Embarrassing Book of Dad Jokes by Ian Allen
For the funny guy
This collection of dad jokes from around the world is guaranteed to have him laughing out loud. Fingers crossed he doesn’t memorize too many of them, though.
35. Body Back Buddy Trigger Point Back Massager
For the dad with a bad back
As crazy as this thing looks, senior editor of branded content Cristina Gutierrez says it works wonders when it comes to kneading out knots and tense muscles. The knobs are designed to simulate a massage therapist’s thumbs and elbows so he can massage his back just like they would—without having to shell out over $100 each time. Is it weird that we kind of want one too now?
36. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
For the “observant” dad
He’s always keeping track of who’s coming and going via the kitchen window, but thanks to Ring’s HD video, he’ll be able to monitor who’s at the front door from his smartphone. Yup, that means he can check up on the house even when he’s not home (aka his dream come true).
37. Menlo Club Subscription Box
For the dapper dad
Have him fill out the quick style quiz and Menlo Club will send him two or three curated pieces of clothing and accessories from the brand’s in-house men’s labels each month. His already-stylish wardrobe is about to get even trendier.
38. Dyson V10 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum
For the clean freak
Got a real-life Danny Tanner on your hands? Gift him this ultra-powerful vacuum that sucks up dirt and debris from hardwoods and carpet with ease. The cordless design offers 60 minutes of continuous use, so he can hit those hard-to-reach areas behind the couch and on the stairs if he’s feeling ambitious.
39. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
For the dad whose coffee is always getting cold
If he can’t seem to finish his morning cup of joe without a few trips to the microwave, this gift is about to blow his mind. The newly-released Ember Smart Mug 2 allows him to control the exact temperature he wants to keep his drink at via an app on his phone. And as long as he keeps it sitting on the included charging coaster, it can maintain that temperature all day. You might want to get Mom one for her tea too, or there might be a few fights over it.
For the couch potato
As the name implies, this weighted drink holder wraps over the arm of your couch for convenient access. Buyers note that it’s stable and can withstand a slight knock (just in case he happens to elbow it by mistake).
41. Nintendo Switch
For the gamer
Now that this mega popular gaming console is back in stock, you can finally get him one just in time for the holidays. Pair it with a few games, and he’ll be permanently glued to the TV until at least New Years. The two controllers are removable for multiplayer games, if he wants to let the kids get in on the fun too.
42. Patagonia Isthmus Wind-Resistant Water-Repellent Hooded Parka
For the guy who needs a new winter coat
This sustainably-made jacket will keep him warm and dry whether he’s hitting the slopes, getting some winter hiking in or simply shoveling the driveway. The hood is also removable if he’s rather sport his own cap, instead.
43. ‘The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Testing’
For the stock market enthusiast
Um, this book has amassed almost 9,000 five-star reviews, so we’d say it’s worth a read for anybody interested in investing. First published in 1949, author Benjamin Graham’s wisdom still holds true, and it’s been updated by financial journalist Jason Zweig to speak to today’s market.
44. Outdoor Voices CloudKnit Sweatpants
For the guy who lives in sweats
This one’s for all the dads who proudly wear tattered or stained sweats. Outdoor Voices’s signature CloudKnit material is super soft, so he won’t object to tossing his old sweatpants. Plus, the jogger design makes them slightly more acceptable to wear in public, which you know he inevitably will.
45. Tile Pro Black with Replaceable Battery (2-Pack)
For the forgetful dad
He’s always losing his keys and wallet, and the whole ‘leave them by the front door’ rule just hasn’t worked out. Enter: the Tile Pro. Stick one on his key ring and one on his wallet and the app will tell him where they are the next time they go missing.
46. Adobo Hot Pepper Plant
For the plant lover
Even if he already has a monstera, philodendron and fiddle leaf fig to dote on, we can pretty much guarantee he doesn’t have an adobo hot pepper plant yet. Bloomscape will help you change that. Once it arrives, the plant should be placed in bright light and watered whenever the top layer of soil begins to feel dry. As long as it's getting proper care, Pops should see peppers start to grow in just a few weeks. Prepare to eat lots of chili, hot sauce and salsa in the coming months.
47. Manta Sleep Blackout Eye Mask
For the dad who loves to nap
Most days, you’ll catch him heading to the couch for a 3 pm snooze. But a lot of times he ends up with a pillow shoved over his eyes so he can actually fall asleep. This blackout eye mask will make the process a lot simpler. Once he adjusts the eye cups and band to his liking, he’ll be out in a few minutes flat. New dads, especially, will find this mask useful.
48. ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’
For the environmentalist
If he’s interested in how humans have altered life on Earth, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert is a must-read. Reviewers say she approaches the topics of extinction and global warming in a way that feels accessible and easy to comprehend. No wonder the book won a Pulitzer Prize.
49. WEst Elm Rhys Mid-Century Leather Recliner
For the guy who likes to recline
There’s a reason people are always joking about dads loving recliners—most of them actually do. If yours doesn’t have one yet, you can’t go wrong getting him this mid-century modern leather chair. There are 17 fabric and color options to choose from, though the above nut leather is the only one guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.
50. Knock Knock ‘What I Love About Grandpa’ Fill in the Love Journal
Each page contains prompts like ‘If I had to describe you in one word, it’d be’ and blank spaces to glue pictures, making for a touching book that he’ll flip through over and over. Have the kids fill it out in their own handwriting for an extra sweet touch.
51. Aberfeldy 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
For the whiskey drinker
Aberfeldy is beloved by seasoned whiskey drinkers and newbies alike, thanks to its rich flavor. This particular variation has been aged for 16 years in handmade oak casks, making for a satisfying, slightly fruity finish that he’ll definitely want to brag to his drinking buddies about.
52. Codenames Board Game
For the board game king
Codenames just came out a few years ago, but board game fans are already starting to refer to it as a classic. The strategy game involves playing as two rival spymasters and their teams going head-to-head to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
53. LG 55’’ Classic CX Series OLED 4K UHD Smart TV
For the movie junkie
He’s seen more movies than anyone you know—and with this TV he’ll be able watch them in brilliant clarity with amazing sound quality. The resolution is described as “breathtaking” and tech experts say LG has truly outdone itself with this new model. Sure, it’s not cheap, but he’s worth it.
54. Symple Stuff Standing Desk Converter
For the workaholic
If you can’t get the old man to step away from the computer, at least you can get him to stand up while he works. This standing desk converter will be a godsend for his bad back. It sits on top of an existing desk and is totally adjustable so that he can shift it up and down throughout the day.
55. CubicFun 3D Brain Teaser Puzzles for Adults St. Paul’s Cathedral
For the puzzle master
When 1,000-piece endeavors become a breeze, it can be hard to find a puzzle that keeps him occupied. This 643-piece 3D puzzle should do the trick. Plus, Mom won’t mind having it on display for a few weeks once it’s finally done.
56. Pasta of the Month Club (6 Months)
For the pasta-loving dad
Even though your family is a tenth Italian, he likes to “get in touch with his roots” by eating pasta at every chance he gets. Classic dad move. Sign him up for six months of Sfoglini’s Pasta of the Month Club and he’ll receive two boxes of organic pasta, plus recipe and pairing suggestions from the pasta shop’s resident chef.
57. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Lotion
For the dad with joint pain
If your dad’s still skeptical about the whole CBD thing, you’ll just have to give him a little push. Once he slathers on this body lotion that’s infused with 100 mg of the soothing ingredient, he’ll see what all the hype is about. And maybe he’ll finally stop complaining about his bad knee.
58. Gaiam Performance Alignment Grip Yoga Mat
For the yogi
Ever since quarantine, he’s started to get really into doing Zoom yoga on his lunch break. Support his new hobby by setting him up with this 5 mm thick yoga mat from Gaiam. It has special markers to help him improve his alignment on almost every pose.
59. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
For the armchair scientist
As a scientist and engineer building robots for NASA, Randall Munroe often found himself fielding questions from friends, acquaintances and visitors of his blog xkcd of a rather ridiculous nature. For example, “What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light?” or “How many fireflies would it take to match the brightness of the Sun?” or even “Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” Monroe answers them all and more using his extensive knowledge of physics, accompanied by hilarious cartoon drawings. It won’t take long before Pops is laughing along with Munroe’s explanation of what would happen if everyone on one side of Earth jumped as high as possible all at the same time.
61. First Edition Book Cover Art Print
For the bibliophile who’s shelves are already double stacked
Rather than clutter his bookshelves with yet another copy of his favorite classic, gift him this gorgeous rendering of a first-edition book cover made from high-quality scans of the real deal. Choose from all Charles Dickens’ and Jane Austen’s most popular works, or you go for a beloved childhood tale like Black Beauty, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or Captain Courageous.
62. Thermoworks Instant-Read Meat Thermometer
For the budding chef
After opening this handy gift he’ll never again have to play the “is this meat fully cooked?” game. It can also be used in baking or candy making so he can expand his kitchen repertoire with confidence.
63. SCOTCH PORTER MOISTURE DEFEND FACE LOTION
For the skincare enthusiast
Scotch Porter was started as a skincare line specifically for men of color that has since expanded to include beard and haircare as well. The website even has a How To page with step-by-step guides on the best way to use each of its products.
64. EDDIE BAUER PLACES & SPACES BRIDGEPORT DIAPER BAG BACKPACK
For the new dad
There aren’t all that many diaper bags designed for men, or even styles that are gender neutral, for that matter, but this backpack from Eddie Bauer checks all our boxes: handy, stylish, durable and easy to use.
66. Judy the Mover Max 4-Person Emergency Kit
For the dad who’s always prepared
This bright red, waterproof backpack comes prepacked with three days-worth of emergency supplies for four people including a medical kit, flashlight, phone charger, food, water, hand warmers and ponchos. And, of course, also has room for him to add whatever essentials he deems necessary.
67. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
For fans of The New Yorker
Sedaris just released a new book of some of his best works from the past 25 years, The Best of Me ($22 at Amazon). But if your dad isn’t already familiar with the hilarious essayists and frequent writer for The New Yorker, this is one of his best works and an excellent place to start. In it Sedaris discusses moving to France with his boyfriend Hugh and attempting to learn the language in a diverse adult class with a bizarrely cruel and unpredictable instructor, among other adventures.
68. WARM & WONDERFUL X ROWING BLAZERS MEN'S SHEEP SWEATER
For the royally obsessed
British knitwear company Rowing Blazers recently revived one of Princess Diana’s most iconic fashion statements—the black sheep sweater—in collaboration with the sweater’s original designers. And while he might not want to wear it with Lady Di’s frilled Peter Pan collar (although you do you, Pops), it will look wonderful worn over a classic button-up for the holidays.
Available in sizes S to XXL
69. Wall Chess
For the dad made you watch Finding Bobby Fischer
Lucky for Dad, watching The Queen’s Gambit has finally made you just as interested in chess as he always hoped you would be. Gift him this wall mounted set so you two can take your time considering moves days at time without cluttering the kitchen table.
70. Mega Dad Personalized Comic Book
For the comic book king
Turn him into a superhero in his own right with this wonderful keepsake that’s customized to fit both dad and kid.